Director Sam Mendes back for next James Bond film

  • Sam Mendes is set to direct the 24th installment of the James Bond film franchise about the fictional British spy, producers announced on Thursday.

    Mendes directed the blockbuster predecessor Skyfall, which earned $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide.

    Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007, with the script to be written by Oscar winner John Logan.

    The film will hit movie theaters in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2015 with the US release to follow two weeks later.

    Mendes’ involvement with the latest Bond project had been uncertain due to his work on a new stage musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opened last month in London’s West End.